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September 20 roundup

12 minutes agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Relatively funny, clever, and pleasant nastygram, as nastygrams go, on Netflix “Stranger Things” pop-up [BGR] “Taser: Can’t say our weapons killed somebody unless the autopsy says so. Also Taser: If the autopsy blames our weapon, weShow More Summary

Free Software Foundation Europe Leads Call For Taxpayer-Funded Software To Be Licensed For Free Re-use

37 minutes agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Free Software Foundation Europe has a new campaign -- "Public money, public code" -- which poses the following question: Why is software created using taxpayers' money not released as Free Software? And goes on: We want legislation requiring...Show More Summary

John Baker on the AGs’ Exxon campaign

6 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

“Warning to Corporate Counsel: If State AGs Can Do This to ExxonMobil, How Safe Is Your Company?” Prof. John Baker in the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy, excerpt: Nation-states have long fought wars for control of oil. In...Show More Summary

Court Allows San Diego Comic-Con's Suit Against The Salt Lake City Comic Con To Move Forward

8 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A few months ago, we alerted our readers that a trademark dispute between the San Diego Comic-Con and a company producing a Salt Lake City Comic Con, originally filed in 2014, was still going on. In fact, the district court hearing the...Show More Summary

We Don’t File Lawsuits On Principle (Or: Why All Employment Lawsuits Often Have Such Bad Facts On Both Sides)

11 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Lawsuits are all about money: this might sound distasteful, but it's true (at least in employment law).

HP Brings Back Obnoxious DRM That Cripples Competing Printer Cartridges

12 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Around a year ago, HP was roundly and justly ridiculed for launching a DRM time bomb -- or a software update designed specifically to disable competing printer cartridges starting on a set date. As a result, HP Printer owners using third-party...Show More Summary

Can You Really Ghostwrite a Pleading for a Client?

There are some clients that you just can't help. Try as you might, if helping a client jeopardizes your ability to practice law, you need to rethink what you're doing, and maybe call your local ethics hotline. However, sometimes a client just needs a little bit of help, or......

Pros and Cons of Getting a JD/MBA

If you already hate law school, or might just be looking to enhance your hire-ability, potentially even outside of practicing law, you may be considering a dual JD/MBA program. However, like any choice you make in law school, there are going to be positive things to consider, and negative......

Felony Against Sexting Teenager Upheld

This material may be unsuitable for children. Now imagine this: A 16-year-old girl texts a nude selfie to her 17-year-old boyfriend. In Washington, she is charged with a felony for distributing child porn. It's a bad situation all around, but three judges of the Washington Supreme Court say the......

Toys 'R' Us Files Bankruptcy: Retailers 'R' in Crisis

Even with the Christmas season coming, it must have been a 'Come-to-Jesus' meeting for Toys 'R' Us and its lawyers. Kirkland and Ellis, a top ranked restructuring firm, was hired to look at options for the struggling retailer. Refinancing was on the Christmas list, but the attorneys had some......

10 Things To Know About Consumer Financial Regulatory Practice

12 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

The relative newness of many consumer finance regulations makes for an interesting practice area.

Techdirt Podcast Episode 138: When Godwin's Law Met The Streisand Effect

14 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

On Friday, we posted video from last week's World Hosting Days, in which Mike Masnick sat down for a talk with Mike Godwin — a.k.a. the originator of "the Streisand Effect" meeting the creator of "Godwin's Law". As promised, we've got...Show More Summary

Senator Blumenthal Happy That SESTA Will Kill Small Internet Companies

14 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

So, earlier today the Senate Commerce Committee held a two and a half hour hearing about SESTA -- the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017. The panelists were evenly split, with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Yiota...Show More Summary

Shockingly, NY Times Columnist Is Totally Clueless About The Internet

14 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It's fairly stunning just how often the NY Times Opinion pages are just... wrong. Nick Kristof, one of the most well known of the NYT's columnists, has spent years, talking about stopping sex trafficking -- but with a history of being...Show More Summary

Daily Deal: Ultimate Windows File Management Suite

14 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The Ultimate Windows File Management Suite will help you manage, backup, and safely delete your information. O&O DiskImage 11 lets you back up an entire computer or individual files any time you want — even while the computer is being used. Show More Summary

Is There A Single Online Service Not Put At Risk By SESTA?

14 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Earlier today, I wrote up a list of the many problems with SESTA and how it will be abused. Over and over again, we've seen defenders of the bill -- almost none of whom have much, if any, experience in managing services on the internet...Show More Summary

Why SESTA Is Such A Bad Bill

14 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We've been talking quite a bit about SESTA -- the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act -- and why it's so problematic, but with hearings today, I wanted to dig in a bit more closely with the text to explain why it's so problematic. There...Show More Summary

California Sides With Comcast, Votes To Kill Broadband Privacy Law Favored By EFF

14 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

You'll recall that earlier this year, AT&T, Verizon and Comcast successfully lobbied the GOP and Trump administration to kill consumer broadband privacy protections that were supposed to take effect last March. While big ISPs engaged...Show More Summary

EFF Resigns From W3C After DRM In HTML Is Approved In Secret Vote

14 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

This is not a huge surprise, but it's still disappointing to find out that the W3C has officially approved putting DRM into HTML 5 in the form of Encrypted Media Extensions (EME). Some will insist that EME is not technically DRM, but it is the standardizing of how DRM will work in HTML going forward. Show More Summary

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